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Obama to Campaign at George Mason on Friday

President Barack Obama will talk economy, job growth Friday morning in Fairfax

President Barack Obama is making a stop Friday at George Mason University in Fairfax, where he will discuss the economy during a grassroots event in the university's Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

The stop is the first of two for the president Friday. After the event at GMU, scheduled for 10:45 a.m., Obama will continue to Cleveland, Ohio, according to a media advisory.

At both events, the president will talk with voters about the "two fundamentally different visions" — his own and that of Republican challenger Mitt Romney — "of how to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and restore middle-class economic security," the advisory says.

Virginia and Ohio both allow early voting; the president is expected to encourage those attending the events to register to vote, and vote early in person or by mail.

Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting 9 a.m. Thursday at the Fairfax Obama campaign office (11215-P Lee Highway, Fairfax) around the back of the Fairfax Centre shopping center and Falls Church (7285 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church) campaign offices.

The two campaign offices will allow a maximum of two tickets per person; however, you must have the name and contact information for the second person using the ticket.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Barbara Glakas October 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM
I reject Romney’s notion that we are not better off now than we were 4 years ago. Today:  The stock market is up.  Manufacturing is up.  Our gross domestic product has been expanding and has been on the plus side for the last 12 quarters. In early 2009 GDP was -8.9.  We averted a depression.  Unemployment has shrunk from 9.3% to 7.8%. (At the end of Bush’s term jobs were hemorrhaging at a rate of about 800,000 per month).  Osama Bin Laden is no longer a threat and we are out of Iraq.  The auto industry was saved.  Health insurance company abuses have been stifled.  Median household income has increased.  Foreclosure rates are steadily dropping.  Home prices are on the rise.  From a year ago, home re-sales are up 7.8% and new homes built are up 29%.  Carbon emissions are at a record low.  Consumer spending is up. Certainly we still have the debt to tackle, but there is no denying that many major indicators are in much better shape now than they were 4 years ago.
Jim Aspen October 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Latino Unemployment is 9.4% or 2,300,000 people. That is too high. Black unemployment is 13.4% or 2.4 million people. That is too high
Barbara Glakas October 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Yes, of course that is too high. Overall employment is higher than we want, and unemployment in some sub-groups, as you pointed out, is traditonally higher than other sub-groups, always. But the fact of the matter is that overall unemployment has been creeping back downward for quite a long time now and we are going in the right direction. Uemployment was 9.6%, now it is 7.8%. Growth was -8.9%, now it has been on the plus side for the last 12 quarters, ranging from 1.5 - 3.5%. Why revert back to the old ways of 4-8 years ago now?
Keith Best October 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Face it Barbara Glakas, Romney/ Ryan are not Bush. they have different views on how to get things done. Romney worked with an 87% Democrat legislature. This country has suffered too slow a recovery. What makes you think a FIRST-TERM senator who spent most of that first-term running for president knows anything about overseeing the world's largest economy? And before that he was a FIRST-TERM state senator who spent most of THAT first term running for another office. Obama never even ran a corner lemonade stand. Meanwhile, Romney ran a successful company, turned around a failing Olympics as it's "Chief Executive" and then ran a state. Obama/ Biden is the disease.....Romney/ Ryan are the cure.
Barbara Glakas October 13, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Keith, This has nothing to do with the above comments I made about unemployment rates and growth. We have different views on Obama/Biden versus Romney/Ryan, and I understand that. Whether or not you think that Obama should have had "ran a lemonade stand" on his resume before he ran for President, the fact of the matter is that unemployment has come down and growth has improved in his term.

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